Toward The Unknown Region

  |  Buy to Own: 06/11/2006
  |  133 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


Filmed with his family and friends in Norfolk, London, Cornwall and Ireland where he lived, this profoundly moving portrait of Malcolm Arnold includes extracts from his movies and many performances of his works including the famous clarinet concerto written for Benny Goodman and extracts from the nine symphonies. Tony Palmer's two-and-a-quarter hour film does not shirk the darker side of Arnold's life - his frequent mental breakdowns, his alcoholism, his despair. It is a gripping, absorbing but ultimately inspiring story: the triumph of a man of indomitable will against all the odds.